Mark Chee

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Duke University
Pritzker Activities: Served on the leadership team for the Bridgeport Free Clinic, Pritzker Student Representative at the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives, and a member of the Bucksbaum Interest Group
S&D Track: Healthcare Delivery Sciences
S&D Mentor and Project: Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, Identifying Messages to Promote Value & Education (IMPROVE) of Generic Prescribing

Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

So many reasons! Pritzker is the perfect combination of fantastic pre-clinical and clinical teaching, abundant research opportunities, and a small collaborative learning environment. The curriculum was another draw for me. During the first year, we have blocks for Human Body, Physiology, Microbiology and other key topics. The following year everything synthesized in a systems-based curriculum. Because of this, there is time during the pre-clinical years where we learn about health care disparities, the U.S. Health System, and Ethics, as well as protected time to research.
Lastly, Pritzker's location on the University of Chicago campus on the south side of Chicago is unique. It's located in an area with significant health disparities, and I've been able to gain experience addressing these issues with patients and in the broader community. It's proximity to a variety of other graduate schools also provides opportunities to collaborate across disciplines and address these issues from different perspectives. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?

Living so close to the lake is a fantastic part about living in Chicago! Being able to run and bike on the lakefront trail is easily one of my favorite things to do in Chicago. Chicago is also an incredibly foody place with amazing restaurants of all varieties. Some places to start with are the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise, Art Institute of Chicago (free for UChicago students), and Ann Sather for brunch.